Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 85, Issue 5, pp 1339–1351

Bench to batch: advances in plant cell culture for producing useful products

  • Pamela J. Weathers
  • Melissa J. Towler
  • Jianfeng Xu
Mini-Review

DOI: 10.1007/s00253-009-2354-4

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Weathers, P.J., Towler, M.J. & Xu, J. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2010) 85: 1339. doi:10.1007/s00253-009-2354-4
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Abstract

Despite significant efforts over nearly 30 years, only a few products produced by in vitro plant cultures have been commercialized. Some new advances in culture methods and metabolic biochemistry have improved the useful potential of plant cell cultures. This review will provide references to recent relevant reviews along with a critical analysis of the latest improvements in plant cell culture, co-cultures, and disposable reactors for production of small secondary product molecules, transgenic proteins, and other products. Some case studies for specific products or production systems are used to illustrate principles.

Keywords

BioreactorSecondary metabolismCo-culturesDisposable reactors

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela J. Weathers
    • 1
  • Melissa J. Towler
    • 1
  • Jianfeng Xu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology and Biotechnology at GatewayWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Arkansas Bioscience Institutealso College of Agriculture, Arkansas State UniversityJonesboroUSA